Tips For Buying An Outdoor Ceiling Fan in Atlanta

The lazy days of summer are coming soon. What could be better than sitting on your porch with a cold glass of iced tea in your hand, enjoying the gentle breezes of your outdoor ceiling fan?

Don’t have an outdoor ceiling fan?

Maybe now is the time to install one. But before you run out and purchase one from your local big box store, realize there is a difference between indoor and outdoor fans.

If you’re considering using an indoor fan for your outdoor space, realize that outdoor ceiling fans are built to withstand harsh weather elements that may pop up around Atlanta throughout the year.

With indoor ceiling fans:

  • The blades are made of furniture grade wood
  • They come with more electronic features and offer more control options
  • They come in a large variety of sizes, colors, and options

With outdoor ceiling fans:

  • The blades are made of ABS plastic, specifically designed for withstanding weather extremes
  • The motor casing has a waterproof seal that protects it from moisture
  • It’s built with galvanized steel and powder-coated paint finishes that prevent rust and corrosion

Outdoor fans can be found with two ratings: UL Damp Rating and UL Wet Rating.

A UL Damp rated ceiling fan makes a perfect addition to places that have no direct exposure to water, rain, or snow. They may be located in places with high moisture content and damp surroundings, such as a bathroom, garage, or covered patio.

A UL Wet rated ceiling fan can handle it all. You can spray it with water from a garden hose, and it will continue to work as designed. They can handle ice and snow in the winter and still provide you with cool breezes the following summer. These are perfect for gazebos, cabanas, exposed decks, and patios.

Know what type of ceiling fan works best for your conditions before you buy. It’s better to error on the side of planning for moisture than getting into a situation where your ceiling fan shorts and becomes dangerous.

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